NYC Book Events

Book reading and signing of:
Hungry Woman in Paris

Wednesday May 27, 2009

6:30pm – 8:30pm East Harlem Café

1651 Lexington Ave (104th St.)

New York, NY 10029

About Hungry Woman in Paris

A journalist and activist, Canela believes passion is essential to life; but lately passion seems to be in short supply. It has disappeared from her relationship with her fiancé, who is more interested in controlling her than encouraging her. It’s absent from her work, where censorship and politics keep important stories from being published. And while her family is full of outspoken individuals, the only one Canela can truly call passionate is her cousin and best friend Luna, who just took her own life. Canela breaks off her engagement and uses her now un-necessary honeymoon ticket, to escape to Paris. Impulsively, she sublets a small apartment and enrolls at Le Coq Rouge, Paris’s most prestigious culinary institute. Cooking school is a sensual and spiritual reawakening that brings back Canela’s hunger for life. With a series of new friends and lovers, she learns to once again savor the world around her. Finally able to cope with Luna’s death, Canela returns home to her family, and to the kind of life she thought she had lost forever.

About Josefina Lopez:

Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 1969, Josefina López was five years old when she and her family immigrated to the United States and settled in East Los Angeles. Best known for co-authoring the film Real Women Have Curves, Josefina is the recipient of a number of awards and accolades, including formal recognition from U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s 7th Annual “Women Making History” banquet in 1998 and a screenwriting fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2001. She, along with Real Women Have Curves co-author George La Voo, won the Humanitas Prize for Screenwriting in 2002, The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Award from L.A. Mayor in 2003, and the Artist-in-Residency grant from the NEA/TCG for 2007.

RSVP to meet Josefina Lopez:


Thursday, May 21, 7 PM

McNally Jackson Forum:

The Life and Work of Roberto Bolaño Carmen Boullosa, author of La virgen y el violin (Editorial Siruela)Javier Calvo, author of Wonderful World (Harper Collins) Jonathan Lethem, author of Fortress of Solitude (Doubleday)

The McNally Jackson Forum Series brings together New York City’s creators and thinkers to discuss issues of cultural significance. Chilean novelist and poet Roberto Bolaño has had a posthumous explosion in popularity int he United States with such msterful novels as The Savage Detectives and 2666, and his work raises questions about where life ends and fiction begins.

Discussing Bolaño’s life and work are Carmen Boullosa (La virgen y el violin), a Mexican novelist, poet and playwright who knew Bolaño until his death; Spanish novelist Javier Calvo (Wonderful World), who know Bolaño late in the author’s career; and novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem (The Fortress of Solitude), who has written extensively about Bolaño’s work. The panel is moderated by Latin American scholar and translator Eduardo Kaplan. RSVP to


Friday, May 22, 7 PM

La Micro Theater presents Bolaño’s Women / Las Mujeres de Bolaño

Directed by Berioska Ipinza and Pietro González With Laura Gomez, Elka Rodríguez, and Mónica Risi

Please note: this is a bilingual presentation in Spanish and English. As part of its “Latino Plays on the Road” reading series (and as the perfect follow up to Thursday’s discussion of Bolaño), New York theater company La Micro Theater presents a dramatic reading of excerpts from three texts by Bolaño: Putas Asesinas, Joanna Silvestri, and 2666. The first two readings will be in Spanish, and the last in English.

Director Berioska Ipinza writes, “It seemed attractive to us to investigate these women, to follow the track of these diverse feminine personas of Bolano’s imagination, where there are whores, murderers, visionaries, intellectuals, and also murdered women. These are women outside the community and therefore very strong, even dangerous.”

* They will be accepting RSVPs up until 5 PM on thursday. Please email to reserve your place.

You don’t need to RSVP for the bilingual dramatic reading Bolaño’s Women / Las Mujeres de Bolaño on Friday – it’s a perfect way to experience the writer’s work from a new perspective.

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